• Back Over There

  • One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count
  • By: Richard Rubin
  • Narrated by: Richard Rubin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.9 (17 ratings)
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready

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Publisher's Summary

In The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced listeners to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Interviewing the war's last survivors face-to-face, he knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too. So he did, and discovered that while most Americans regard that war as dead and gone, to the French, who still live among its ruins and memories, it remains very much alive. Years later, with the centennial of the war only magnifying this paradox, Rubin decided to go back Over There to see if he could, at last, resolve it.
For months he followed the trail of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, finding trenches, tunnels, bunkers, century-old graffiti and ubiquitous artifacts. But he also found an abiding fondness for America and Americans, and a colorful corps of local after-hours historians and archeologists who tirelessly explore these sites and preserve the memories they embody while patiently waiting for Americans to return and reclaim their own history and heritage. None of whom seemed to mind that his French needed work.
Based on his wildly popular New York Times series, Back Over There is a timely journey, in turns reverent and iconoclastic but always fascinating, through a place where the past and present are never really separated.
©2017 Richard Rubin (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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Customer Reviews

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By jquincy on 12-23-17

excellent

Loved it. Richard Rubin is as likeable and knowledgeable as they come. I just wished I'd read this before I took my own tour of the Western Front.

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By Robert F. on 07-10-17

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AMERICAN BATTLEFIELDS

Would you listen to Back Over There again? Why?

YES---AS SOON AS I FINISH. IT'S LIKE A GREAT FILM THAT THE MORE YOU SEE, THE BETTER YOU LOVE AND UNDERSTAND.

What did you like best about this story?

THE NARRATION IS DEEPLY RESPECTFUL OF THE AMERICAN SERVICE MAN. BECAUSE DE GUALLE HATED AMERICANS SO MUCH, I THOUGHT ALL THE FRENCH THOUGHT OF US AS BIG LOUD MOUTH SOLDIERS. THE FRENCH TRULY CARE ABOUT, AND LOVE--AND MEAN LOVE--WHAT THE DOUGHBOY, SAMMIES DID IN FRANCE, FOR FRANCE IN 1917 AND 1918.

What does Richard Rubin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

HIS UNIQUE VOICE. MANY TIMES I PREFER A PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS DIFFERENT. I FEEL LIKE I'M WALKING RIGHT BEHIND HIM ON THE BATTLEFIELD, FALLING IN FOXHOLES, STUMBLING OVER MESS KITS AND BARBED WIRE..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

GUYS JUST LIKE US.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, RICHARD RUBIN, DO A "BACK OVER THERE" FOR THE SECOND WORLD WAR!

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